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Team Interview: Andreja Ausperger

April 26th, 2024

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a theologian, yet my entire professional journey has been predominantly steered towards project management and fundraising. Over the past 15 years, I’ve navigated through both corporate and non-profit sectors across Europe and the MENA region which provided me with continuous travel opportunities, enabling me to explore cultures and live in different countries while meeting amazing people along the way. In addition to project management, I hold certification as a non-formal education trainer at the European level, with a particular emphasis on fostering cooperation and enhancing the capacity of youth organisations.

What do you do with Another Way?

I joined Another Way in March as fundraising officer. My role entails tasks like developing and implementing fundraising strategy, monitoring available grants, filling out grant applications, planning the budget, establishing and maintaining relationships with donors, organizing fundraising events and campaigns, writing reports… most important, it includes working closely with the team to come up with fresh ideas and strategies for Another Way’s growth.

What do you most enjoy about working with Another Way?

Another Way’s team is comprised of simple, passionate individuals who genuinely adore their work, making the whole process stress-free, enjoyable, and fun. This kind of environment is not only motivating but also empowering. Moreover, empowering communities to recognise the significance of environmental protection and sustainability and collaborating with people of all ages towards common objectives brings a sense of empowerment to everyone involved.

Which environmental topics are you most excited about?

For the past several years, I’ve been working on projects in cooperation with organizations from Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt focused at exploring corelations between natural environment and culture and how natural surroundings shape cultural identity and practices in deserts. It is fascinating how people’s cultural practices, including food, rituals, art, folklore and spirituality are deeply intertwined with their natural surroundings, shaping their worldview and sense of belonging. At the moment, I am focused on topics of sustainable tourism and what deserts can teach us about sustainability in corelation to water management, agriculture and energy production.

What are some small steps you take to create a more sustainable lifestyle for yourself?

I enjoy DIY projects which give new life and purpose to old things or waste. Also, I walk wherever and whenever possible – not only does it keep me fit and happy, but it’s also great for the environment!

Leave us with a piece of positive news you’ve heard about this week!

I found out about a cool project called ‘Climate Science Translated’, where scientists and comedians join forces to find unique and catchy way to express climate science in down-to-earth language. It is a great way to grab people’s attention and to raise the awareness of environmental issues.

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